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Rainbows fall to Nevada in 10 innings

By Billy Hull

LAST UPDATED: 10:24 p.m. HST, May 18, 2012

Hawaii will honor eight seniors after Saturday's regular-season baseball finale against Nevada.

As for defending its Western Athletic Conference regular-season title however, the Wolf Pack had other ideas.

Kamehameha alumnus Kewby Meyer drove in the winning run on sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning as Nevada pulled out a 4-2 win over Hawaii to clinch a share of the conference championship on Friday night.

A sold-out Les Murakami Stadium crowd of 3,363 saw the Rainbows (29-23, 9-8) put the winning run on second in the bottom of the ninth.

After Garrett Champion singled and Stephen Ventimila walked with two outs, Nevada coach Gary Powers brought in lefty Elliot Van Gaver, who struck out Kaeo Aliviado on three pitches to force extra innings.

Hawaii, now 3-4 in extra-inning games, can finish no better than third and will open WAC tournament play on Wednesday in Mesa, Ariz.

"It's a broken record but we've got to score more," Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso said. "We're now in a situation where we know what the situation is (for the WAC tournament), so we'll staff the game (tonight)."

The Rainbows will be either the third or fourth seed in the tournament.

Nevada (31-22, 11-6), which lost two of three against Sacramento State, can win the outright title and earn the No. 1 seed with a win tonight at 6:35 in the regular-season finale.

A loss would share the crown with the Hornets, who would get the No. 1 seed due to the tiebreaker.

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